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Movie review: '10 Years'

Posted 4:34pm on Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

PG-13 (strong language, alcohol abuse, sexual material, drug use); 100 min.

Two questions many viewers are going to have about the ensemble dramedy 10 Years are "Do we really need another variation on The Big Chill?" and "Wow, Channing Tatum sort of pudged out, didn't he?"

Well, the answer to the first question is "not really" and, as for the second, 10 Years has been on the shelf for a bit; it was apparently shot pre- Magic Mike. Still, neither of those answers means 10 Years is totally forgettable -- parts of it are quite appealing. It's just not particularly necessary.

Tatum is Jake, a 28-year-old mortgage broker who's going to his high-school reunion with his long-time girlfriend, Jess (real-life wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum). Once there, he meets with his old buds: one-time bully Cully (Chris Pratt), singer Reeves (Oscar Isaac), and single-and-still-loving-it Marty (Justin Long). A surprise guest is his old flame, Mary (Rosario Dawson), who arrives with her clearly uncomfortable husband, Paul (Ron Livingston).

Of course, the trip down memory lane turns into a rough walk on a rutted road. Unfortunately, the funny parts aren't that funny -- Cully is supposed to be the comic relief and he's just annoying. But the film is salvaged by its quieter moments: Jake and Mary reconnecting, if only briefly; and especially Reeves finally working up the courage to pursue the woman (Kate Mara) he wanted all along. (And who knew Isaac could sing so well?)

10 Years is no The Big Chill, but it has just enough warmth to keep it alive.

Exclusive: AMC NorthPark, Dallas; Cinemark West Plano

-- Cary Darling

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